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COVER it: A comprehensive framework for guiding students through ethical dilemmas: Working paper series--09-05

Mitchell, Jennifer and Yordy, Eric (2009) COVER it: A comprehensive framework for guiding students through ethical dilemmas: Working paper series--09-05. Working Paper. NAU W.A. Franke College of Business.


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In an age where responsible organizations are going beyond regulatory compliance to instituting specific ethics plans, this model will help prepare students to recognize and evaluate issues related to social responsibility values. Business ethics often is taught through philosophy courses with potential reference to those courses or to industry codes in compartmentalized subject-specific case studies. This article proposes a decision-making model for use in business curriculum that focuses on making ethics decisions from a life-skill perspective. The step-by-step COVER model asks students to perform an analysis of facts, and to identify ethical issues, affected stakeholders and creative alternatives. It incorporates a number of different philosophical theories, encouraging students to look at each situation from a variety of perspectives and to recognize that different theories may point them to different alternatives. Students are led to evaluate the situation under all the theories incorporated, and justify their decision to take action.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Publisher’s Statement: Copyright, where appropriate, is held by the author.
ID number or DOI: 09-05
Keywords: Working paper, decision making, business ethics, business education, preparing students for the workplace
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: The W.A. Franke College of Business
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2015 22:39
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/1514

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